Minor in Spanish

Why pursue a minor in Spanish?

The Spanish minor provides students the opportunity to achieve cultural and linguistic competency and complements many majors within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, as well as other degree programs across the university. 

Spanish, the 4th most spoken language in the world with approximately 548 million speakers, is an official language in 21 countries and territories, including the U.S, where Spanish is one of the official languages of Puerto Rico. Moreover, according to the Instituto Cervantes, the United States ranks second behind Mexico in the number of Spanish speakers.  Fluency in more than one language, intercultural awareness and sensitivity, and the ability to critically analyze literary and cultural texts create educated citizens who can contribute to the betterment of our society.

A minor in Spanish demonstrates to future employers and/or graduate schools that you have achieved an advanced level of Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Hispanic cultures. Our curriculum is designed to help students hone their oral and written language skills and to learn more about Spanish and Spanish American cultures through literary and cultural studies. This knowledge is highly beneficial for international career paths or for careers that engage predominantly Hispanic populations in the United States. The Spanish minor is useful in such diverse careers as advertising, marketing, journalism, health services, government, social welfare, and public administration (to name only a few).  See the University Career Center's page for foreign language and international studies careers for more information about careers in which you can use your Spanish minor.